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Father’s Day, that semi-holiday stuck sort of in-between and around Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July will be celebrated Sunday, June 14. … more
In his book, “Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life,” Chuck Swindoll develops a picturesque theme of how the seasons of our lives seem to follow the seasons of the year. Now, living in North … more
It’s hard to believe we need to have this conversation in this day and age. But if we don’t keep having it, at some point we might not be allowed to have it. Question: What is free speech? Or, … more
I felt most fortunate to be able to participate and play in team sports during my high school years. Our coach had placed a large sign over the basketball court time clock and scoreboard that read, … more
For as long as newspapers have been in existence, starting with the first one published in England in 1665, mistakes have shown up in most if not all of them. With few exceptions, none were made on … more
He was just a boy. He couldn’t be expected to “hear from the Lord.” Wrong. Samuel was Hannah’s little boy who grew up in the Temple of the Lord in Shechem, under the priesthood of Eli. … more
“We are not supposed to judge,” is a remark often heard when people consider the rightness or wrongness of current lifestyles or practices such as sexual perversion, abortion, illegitimacy, … more
I love the comfort of my recliner and that cup of hot coffee in the morning as I catch the news on my big-screen color TV in the ease of my heated/air-conditioned subdivision home. The bubble of … more
Realizing how cellphones and handheld mobile phone devices have come to completely consume and dominate our world in so many ways, it might be difficult for some — especially younger folks — to … more
As we all know from watching our TV weather reports, tornadoes are not only among the most vicious and dangerous forces in nature — they’re also highly unpredictable. Apparently the only thing … more
I don’t know what you call it. It could be a “bog.” It could be a “swamp.” It could even be a “marsh,” but regardless of what it’s called, God’s message was loud and clear. My … more
In December 2000, it was my distinct honor to assist in planning and leading the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to Cuba on its first agribusiness delegation to the Republic of Cuba since … more
Now that school is back in session, students everywhere have begun their study of literature in language arts and other classes. Literature is everywhere: in the simplest books that are read to … more
The subject and tone of this week’s column has taken an unexpected turn from what I had anticipated writing. Originally, the whole point was to talk about the crazy mash-up going on at my … more
Recently while listening to a conversation between some people in a restaurant I overheard someone use the term “whirling dervish.” Boy, that’s one I had not heard in a mighty long time, … more
They should have asked. The Israelites should have asked the Lord God whether they would gain the victory. Instead, they pushed ahead without consulting Him and thousands lost their lives. In a … more
A new North Carolina-based industrial hemp processor is slated to invest $17.3 million in renovating a facility adjacent to Alliance One International to produce the new Korent line of THC-free … more
I firmly believe in an active form of democracy and holding our elected officials to account for the positions they take on issues that are of vital importance to the lives of “we, the … more
It’s interesting how easily we forget. The disruption of our thought processes can be derailed by something as simple as walking from one room to another. By the time we reach the doorframe, … more
Often I hear someone say, “The world is getting worse and worse.” And I have heard others say, “Things sure are better now than they used to be.” Is either of these statements true? Could it … more
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